The photo was taken by photographer Peter Yuen in January 2013. Moon bear Shamrock had just arrived with five other bears from a farm in Sichuan Province, China.
When Animals Asia started in 1998 bear bile farming was little known internationally and little more than a dark secret in China. Today it is one of the most debated topics on Chinese social media and commands headlines across the world.
For those of us who celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, the concept of a time of goodwill and festive cheer are as old as the occasions themselves. Animals Asia Animal Welfare Officer Dave Neale explains how those concepts should be extended to animals.
Gorgeous moon bear Rae looks radiant as she waits for best pal Elise to join her at the “picnic bench”.
Animals Asia has rescued more than 500 bears from bear bile farms in China and Vietnam. Once rescued their rehabilitation begins in semi-natural enclosures designed to encourage natural behaviours. For us, one of the greatest indicators of the bears welfare needs being met, is to see them “going wild” just as nature intended.
This picture was taken in 2000 at Animals Asia’s Chengdu sanctuary. Moon bear Jasper had just been transported from a Chinese bear bile farm where he was kept flat on his back in a crush cage. By the time Jasper reached Animals Asia founder and CEO Jill Robinson, he had been caged for 15 years.